Medicine Buddha Sutra translated from Tibetan?

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Medicine Buddha Sutra translated from Tibetan?

Postby sherabzangpo » Mon Oct 14, 2013 12:01 am

Is there a translation of the Medicine Buddha Sutra from Tibetan? I recently translated the "Concise Medicine Buddha Sutra" [sman mdo bsdus pa], but I'm not sure if the larger/main one has been translated or not. It's name in Tibetan is 'phags pa de bzhin gshegs pa bdun gyi sngon gyi smon lam gyi khyad par rgyas pa, concerning the special characteristics of the previous aspirations of the Seven Medicine Buddhas.

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Re: Medicine Buddha Sutra translated from Tibetan?

Postby gloriasteinem » Mon Jan 06, 2014 5:37 pm

Can you please provide a link of your translation, I generaly interested in medical topics
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Re: Medicine Buddha Sutra translated from Tibetan?

Postby Tenpa2010 » Mon Jan 13, 2014 4:06 am

Can you plz put the Tibetan text [sman mdo bsdus pa] here?
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Re: Medicine Buddha Sutra translated from Tibetan?

Postby sherabzangpo » Wed Jan 15, 2014 1:07 pm

Here is the link to my translation of the Concise Medicine Buddha Sutra:

http://sugatagarbhatranslations.com/201 ... dha-sutra/
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Re: Medicine Buddha Sutra translated from Tibetan?

Postby Malcolm » Wed Jan 15, 2014 1:49 pm

sherabzangpo wrote:Here is the link to my translation of the Concise Medicine Buddha Sutra:

http://sugatagarbhatranslations.com/201 ... dha-sutra/



One observation:

In Tibetan Materia Medica Vaidurya is not lapis lazuli , it is sapphire, and more specifically star sapphire (which accounts for the checkerboard pattern of the ground in refuge visualizations.

There are blue, white and yellow Vaiduryas. There can never be a white or a yellow Lapis.

Lapis on the other thand is very clearly the stone called mu men (མུ་མེན). Please consult འཁྲུངས་དཔེ་དྲི་མེད་ཤེལ་གྱི་མེ་ལོན་ -- this is the standard text reference for materia medica used in Tibetan Medical colleges.

Your reference about beryl is possible, but not definitive.

I should also add, that the word is a generic name for gems that are very shiny and catch light in very specific ways, for example, cat's eye (chrysoberyl) is also called Vaidurya.

Here however it is བཻདུརྱ་སྔོན་པོ༷, which is in fact star sapphire, as opposed to the more common indranila, regular blue sapphire.
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